How to Save Energy at Home During the Summer
Don’t spend more than you need to when it comes to cooling your home during the dog days of summer. These handy tricks and energy saving tips will keep your home at the perfect temperature all summer long—without having to pay the price that comes with running your air conditioner nonstop.
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher—raise it to 80 degrees or higher on a hot day if you don’t plan on being home.
Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air.
Close blinds, drapes or shades during the day.
Air dry clothes when possible to reduce heat from a clothes dryer.
Save heat-generating activities (like cooking and dish washing) for cooler morning/evening hours.
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Keep lights off when they aren’t needed.
Don’t leave bathroom or kitchen vents running for long periods of time—They replace cool indoor air.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat.
Close vents in unused rooms.
Have your duct system checked for air leaks and proper insulation.
Reduce your appliance use.
Install patio covers to shade your home, especially south and west-facing windows.
Be sure outside air conditioning units are shaded.
Install weather stripping and be sure to seal cracks around openings such as windows and doors.
Wash outside coils and clear high grass/debris from your air conditioning unit to keep it clean.
Consider replacing single-pane windows with more energy efficient windows.
Keeping up with your home maintenance is a great way to prevent damage to your air conditioner and save you energy all summer long. Take a look at our summer home maintenance checklist if you haven’t already!